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Best Debut Fiction of 2013

  • FICTION

    WE NEED NEW NAMES

    MAY 21, 2013

FICTION

WE NEED NEW NAMES

by NoViolet Bulawayo

Bulawayo crafts a moving and open-eyed coming-of-age story. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE STENCH OF HONOLULU

    JULY 16, 2013

FICTION

THE STENCH OF HONOLULU

by Jack Handey

The best comedic novel in years. Handey is a master. Fans will be quoting lines from this book for a long time. If you like... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA

    MAY 7, 2013

FICTION

A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA

by Anthony Marra

A somber, sensitive portrait of how lives fray and bind again in chaotic circumstances. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NIGHT GUEST

    OCT. 1, 2013

FICTION

THE NIGHT GUEST

by Fiona McFarlane

A pleasurable novel, with turns of plot and phrase both startling and elegant. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    VISITATION STREET

    JULY 9, 2013

FICTION

VISITATION STREET

by Ivy Pochoda

A terrific story in the vein of Dennis Lehane's fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE OTHER TYPIST

    MAY 7, 2013

FICTION

THE OTHER TYPIST

by Suzanne Rindell

A deliciously addictive, cinematically influenced page-turner, both comic and provocative, about the nature of guilt and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ROSIE PROJECT

    OCT. 1, 2013

  • FICTION

    THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

    JUNE 4, 2013

FICTION

THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

by Thomas Van Essen

Van Essen writes gracefully and makes accessible the issue of art as transcendence. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

    APRIL 23, 2013

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

by Helene Wecker

Two lessons: Don’t discount a woman just because she’s made of clay, and consider your wishes carefully should you find that... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ASSEMBLER OF PARTS

    SEPT. 3, 2013

FICTION

THE ASSEMBLER OF PARTS

by Raoul Wientzen

Boasting a fearlessly self-possessed child narrator, this is one of those books you stop what you're doing to finish, take a... Full review >

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